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(Chron)   When it comes to train vs. car, train always wins--even when it's a miniature park ride train   (chron.com) divider line 24
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2014-01-21 04:10:20 AM  
For want of a comma, here is what a car train might look like:

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2014-01-21 04:36:13 AM  
I see the "car train" confusion is already addressed.
 
2014-01-21 04:57:39 AM  
harrisharbor.files.wordpress.com
The really amusing part is the incorrect punctuation on the card.
 
2014-01-21 05:12:44 AM  
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2014-01-21 05:29:25 AM  

DingleberryMoose: [harrisharbor.files.wordpress.com image 420x294]
The really amusing part is the incorrect punctuation on the card.


My favorite example was always
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2014-01-21 05:39:11 AM  
The comma will be added and all our mocking will be forgotten like tears in rain...
 
2014-01-21 06:07:12 AM  
Houston's version of light rail.
 
2014-01-21 06:50:39 AM  

fusillade762: The comma will be added and all our mocking will be forgotten like tears in rain...


Proof that ModMins are sadistic party poopers.

/Won't get over it.
 
2014-01-21 07:06:16 AM  
Notice the crossing arm behind the car:

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Did the driver try to cross the tracks as the boom was coming down, or did he stall on the tracks?  It seems that either way if there were decent time delay between the crossing alarm and the train's arrival, there should have been enough time for the train to stop.
 
2014-01-21 07:22:32 AM  

Vaneshi: fusillade762: The comma will be added and all our mocking will be forgotten like tears in rain...

Proof that ModMins are sadistic party poopers.

/Won't get over it.


Now that the comma is fixed, we can focus on the important part of the headline - miniature parks are a thing!

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2014-01-21 07:33:57 AM  

memebot_of_doom: Notice the crossing arm behind the car:

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Did the driver try to cross the tracks as the boom was coming down, or did he stall on the tracks?  It seems that either way if there were decent time delay between the crossing alarm and the train's arrival, there should have been enough time for the train to stop.


Or the driver went around the arms.  This train does not move that fast and the idiot might have thought he could get around.
 
2014-01-21 07:50:20 AM  
The driver was actually trying to save a tiny woman tied to the track further along.
 
2014-01-21 08:16:27 AM  

gfid: Houston's version of light rail.


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2014-01-21 08:19:29 AM  

wingnut396: Or the driver went around the arms.  This train does not move that fast and the idiot might have thought he could get around.


Ah, that makes sense.  And the train would have pushed him sideways part-way across the road to that position.  Must have been a fun ride!
 
2014-01-21 08:24:50 AM  

AgentPothead: DingleberryMoose: [harrisharbor.files.wordpress.com image 420x294]
The really amusing part is the incorrect punctuation on the card.

My favorite example was always


And yet that's incorrect. Leaves a dangling something or other, or maybe just an incomplete phrase. I dunno; I sucked at parsing, but as a heavy reader could always tell where the error was and how to fix it. My English test results depended heavily on the format of the test questions.

Better: helping your Uncle Jack off OF his horse.

Best: helping your Uncle Jack GET off OF his horse.
 
2014-01-21 08:36:30 AM  
/csb

We had one of these at the county zoo a mile from where I grew up. Used to hear the faint tooooooot every day.

One day I was hiking through the woods around an adjoining reservoir, despite the "no trespassing" signs. The train also passed through there. I got caught out in a thinly wooded section and dived behind a skinny windfall tree, laying face down. The train... stopped. After several seconds that must've given the train "conductor" a heart attack thinking he'd spotted a dead body, I shamedfacedly rolled over and waved. He angrily jerked his thumb in a direction out of the woods and I booked.

/end csb
//stop yawning. I'm still mortified by this encounter.
 
2014-01-21 08:46:20 AM  
You don't fool around with a tiny steam locomotive any more than you'd fark with...

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2014-01-21 09:29:28 AM  
We have a great little train like that in City Park in New Orleans.  It crosses a couple of streets as it wends its way through the park.

I always said that I would hate to be known as "the guy" who wasn't paying enough attention, and hit the train.

Full of kids.

That I can actually outrun.
 
2014-01-21 10:42:40 AM  
"For hundreds of years, the Tree of Ténéré in the Sahara Desert was considered the world's most isolated tree and was revered as sacred. It stood alone among miles and miles of sand; the closest tree was 400 kilometers (250 mi) away. Yet somehow, even with all that open space, in 1973, a drunken truck driver hit and killed the tree."

Never underestimate human stupidity!
 
2014-01-21 10:50:25 AM  

memebot_of_doom: It seems that either way if there were decent time delay between the crossing alarm and the train's arrival, there should have been enough time for the train to stop.


Having driven a similar but slightly larger gauge train on the Washington Park & Zoo Railway, 140 tons has momentum, yo....
 
2014-01-21 10:51:36 AM  

YixilTesiphon: gfid: Houston's version of light rail.

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Yikes, they got the same godawful Seimens pieces of shiat that Portland got for the "Type IV" MAX cars...I've never been on a more passenger-hostile railcar.
 
2014-01-21 11:57:48 AM  
once you hit the first one, they all have to stop !


/been there done that.
 
2014-01-21 02:35:35 PM  

memebot_of_doom: Notice the crossing arm behind the car:

[pbs.twimg.com image 850x637]

Did the driver try to cross the tracks as the boom was coming down, or did he stall on the tracks?  It seems that either way if there were decent time delay between the crossing alarm and the train's arrival, there should have been enough time for the train to stop.


Or maybe it looked like a good place to park.
 
2014-01-22 12:46:14 AM  

memebot_of_doom: Ah, that makes sense. And the train would have pushed him sideways part-way across the road to that position. Must have been a fun ride!


Yup.  looks like the miniature cattle catcher lifted the wheels off the ground, at which point the car might as well be on a forklift for all it can do to stop the sideways movement.  In the process it lifted the crossing arm up a bit(they're designed to be easy to lift in order to prevent damage from idiots like this).  It also helps explain why there was so little damage to the driver's side - the underframe might be messed up quite a bit, but not readily visible from that angle.
 
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